Wednesday, 29 July 2020

Spoonbill, Crossbills and Silver-washed Fritillaries


A trip to the north of the county for a walk around Wakerley Wood was good for a variety of wild flowers and insects and absolutely loads of Silver-washed Fritillaries on the wing. We saw a couple of Purple Hairstreaks, plenty of common butterflies and plenty of other mini beasts - with many still yet to identify! Half a dozen Crossbills were noisy in the larches by the car park on our arrival but soon moved off and several Siskins were vocal as they flew around the complex.

A brief visit to Blatherwycke Lake provided views of two Great White Egrets, eleven Little Egrets, two Black Swans and a vocal Kingfisher.

At Pitsford Reservoir today the Scaldwell Bay saw plenty of action with a Marsh Harrier, the drake Goldeneye, a Red-crested Pochard, two Hobbies, an adult Arctic Tern (this evening), a Green Sandpiper, two Common Sandpipers and an adult Yellow-legged Gull plus at least one adult Common Gull.

It was Hollowell Reservoir's turn to pay homage to the travelling (presumed same) Spoonbill as it touched down and fed briefly before moving off south at 9.40am - well done Adrian! Other birds there today included a Ruddy Shelduck and a juvenile Mediterranean Gull (with a Whinchat there yesterday).

The Earls Barton Pits complex was good for at least three Great White Egrets today plus Hobbies.

Chris Payne enjoyed some more ringing at Greens Norton today, processing some 65 birds of fifteen species which included warblers, tits, finches, Treecreeper, Goldcrests and Great Spotted Woodpecker.

Advance warning that there is likely to be ringing operations at Harrington Airfield this coming week-end and access to the bunkers and old airstrip will be restricted. The concrete track and other official footpaths will be accessible as normal.


Neil M

Juvenile Wren.

Large White.

Willow Emerald damselfly
Abington Meadows today courtesy
of Dave Jackson.

Willow Warbler.

Juvenile Bullfinch.

Juvenile Coal Tit.

Above four images
courtesy of Chris Payne.

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